The third quarter in global equity markets was characterized by a dramatic increase in equity market volatility, seemingly driven in large part by concerns about slowing growth in China, the devaluation of the yuan, volatile oil prices, and the prospect for an increase in U.S. interest rates. While the Tweedy, Browne Funds finished the quarter in the red, all, with the exception of the Worldwide High Dividend Yield Value Fund, bested their respective benchmark indices, with our two international Funds, Global Value and Global Value II, doing so by a considerable margin. Near quarter-end, equity markets began to rebound, and as we write, they have regained much of the ground that was lost in August and early September, and the same holds true for the Tweedy, Browne Funds.
The Funds do not impose any front-end or deferred sales charges. However, the Global Value Fund, Global Value Fund II – Currency Unhedged and Worldwide High Dividend Yield Value Fund impose a 2% redemption fee on redemption proceeds for redemptions or exchanges made less than 15 days after purchase. Performance data does not reflect the deduction of the redemption fee, and, if reflected, the redemption fee would reduce any performance data quoted for periods of 14 days or less. The expense ratios shown above reflect the inclusion of acquired fund fees and expenses (i.e., the fees and expenses attributable to investing cash balances in money market funds) and may differ from those shown in the Funds' financial statements. Continue Reading »